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  • Buff & Polish - Leaf Me Alone - Autumn Mani

    Dry Brush on Negative Space

    This here is a Dry Brush for the Clairestelle8 July challenge using a selection of purdy Picture Polish polishes. Simple and easy. They were created by painting polish on with a fan brush in a layered fashion over naked nails to create a peek of negative space. I mattified them for a change to make the strokes pop a little

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    Independence Day! July 4th Nails

    Fourth of July nails! A day later, but this time deliberately so it was closer to the actual 4th of July. So stars and stripes it is! This also doubles as the first Clariestelle8 July Challenge prompt “Places You’d Love To Visit” (see the prompt in the next post) – with the Stars/Stripes riff on the American flag standing in for

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    Glitter Fingers! Glitter Placement

    So much for running on time. Glitter Placement Gradient for the Glitter Prompt in the final Clairestelle8 June challenge, as my Nail Art Challenge binge continues. Even if I’m running a tad late. And yes I did catch up on the previous one too, but more on that later   I am not entirely sure where I was heading with this

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    Neon Gradient Zig Zags in Orange & Pink

    So this picture was from yesterdaybefore due date (sorta late) and I’m still not at my best, but better late than never, eh? Gradient Zig Zags for the #clairestelle8june challenge, since I’ve been on a bit of a Nail Art Challenge binge for the month in manis… Ergo this post is also a little late for the same reason of

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    Funky & Flirty Florals Inspired by Paper

    Funky & Flirty Florals Inspired by Paper for the Clairestelle8 June Nail Challenge. Today’s prompt was Purple. Being a creative slash design nerd, I love nice design. And stationary. And a bajillion other things, but nice papers and delicate things are some of those. Rifle Paper Co. make some amazing wrapping papers, fabrics and notebooks and have inspired many a nail

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  • Buff & Polish - Leaf Me Alone - Autumn Mani

    Nice melons! Juicy Watermelons – Using the Swipe Technique

    Hey there, nice melons! Woo-woo! They’re pretty juicy too! Thanks to the fresh bottle of top coat that I just cracked. Hells yeah for Glisten & Glow’s HK Girl top coat for the glossy glaze. Anyhoo, in keeping up with the June challenge theme (cos who has time for any more when you kind of over-committed yourself, amiright?) I combined

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  • Buff & Polish - Leaf Me Alone - Autumn Mani

    Mushy Smooshy Green Foliage – Combined Nail Challenges

    Today’s mani is a messy mush of greens. As much as I love greens the colour, it’s one I tend to wear infrequently on my nails. Go figure! So for today’s #clairestelle8june June Challenge ‘Colours You Don’t Usually Wear’ prompt, I did green. And lots of it! It also doubles as an early entry for this week’s ABC Challenge: F

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    Another Challenge: Clairestelle8’s June Challenge

    Thought I should add something else into the mix. Decided in May that I would do this and even though I missed the first one, I made the second. Here are the prompts so you can join in or play along at home. You can find more info on Clair’s Instagram account – https://www.instagram.com/clairestelle8/ The rules are quite fluid, and you

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    Endless Summer – Aqua Palm Trees & Negative Space

    As we head into Winter in my neck of the woods, and Summer in the North, some warming tropical nails felt appropriate. I think palm trees immediately add a few degrees to the real temps 😁 It also doubles as this week’s ABC Challenge inspired by today’s letter “E”. Ergo I did E for Endless Summer. Yes it is roughly

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    D is for Dots & Dashes – ABC Challenge

    Further to my sudden decision to enter the ABC Challenge (see the previous post) I came up with something that was inspired by “D”. I thought I might have a bit of fun with this one (and the challenge on the whole), given my roots in the arts world. So I think I might aim for artsy interpretations. Keeping it clean, I opted

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  • Buff & Polish - Leaf Me Alone - Autumn Mani

    On The To-Do List: ABC Nail Art Challenge

    Thought I should do a more relaxed challenge. I find it hard to commit to regular Challenges because of the time structure and some of the things plaguing me don’t always make it easy to do so. I like the flexibility of this one and the broadness in it’s ability for interpretation. So that’s good enough for me. I might

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    Penny Royal Blues – with Picture Polish Bonbon & New Vinyls

    Today I’ve got the Penny Royal Blues – a mani created with Picture Polish BonBon & NEW Fleur De Lis nail vinyls. I adore this blue immensely and am so glad I grabbed it given how different it looked in every swatch I’d seen up until that point (greener or lighter than it is in real life). I’ve tried to

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